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DeAndre Hopkins Trade Odds: Ravens, Bears Among Top Potential Partners

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com

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DeAndre Hopkins Trade Odds: Ravens, Bears Among Top Potential Partners

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DeAndre Hopkins is coming off the two worst seasons of his NFL career. He reportedly asked for a change of scenery to try and find the form that made him a four-time All-Pro receiver, and months later, the team appears to agree it's time to move on.

Hopkins, who has three seasons with 111 or more receptions – but only 106 in the last two years combined – will generate interest with two years left on his contract. Arizona has indicated it will look for a trade partner; it's all change in Arizona, with a new head coach and staff. 

Hopkins will be 31 next season and he's expensive. But he no longer has a no-trade clause, voided after Hopkins was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. Arizona can ship him anywhere it wants.

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the sport to create these hypothetical NFL futures odds on Hopkins’ 2023 team. 

DeAndre Hopkins 2023 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Arizona Cardinals+30025.0%
Chicago Bears+45018.2%
Baltimore Ravens+55015.4%
New York Giants+70012.5%
Atlanta Falcons+10009.1%
Green Bay Packers+12007.7%
New England Patriots+12007.7%
Dallas Cowboys+12007.7%
Kansas City Chiefs+14006.7%
The Field+90010.0%

Odds above are hypothetical and have been created by the Bookies.com team for entertainment purposes only. They are not widely available on legal betting apps or betting sites.

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Hopkins was a star with the Texans after being drafted by the team in 2013. From 2017-19, the WR averaged 105 receptions, 1,372 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was shipped out of Houston and was sent to Arizona, where he and Kyler Murray connected 115 times for 1,407 yards and six scores in 2020. 

The last two seasons haven’t gone as smoothly. Injuries and his PED suspension limited Hopkins’ time on the field. There will be hope he can produce WR1-level numbers again. 

He's prohibitvely expensive for some teams. Hopkins' cap hit of $30.8 million for 2023 and $26.2M for 2024 is second only to Tyreek Hill among WRs. That will keep some teams away, but not all of them. The indication is he wants to play for a throw-first QB on a competitive team – perhaps a slight dig at Kyler Murray and the Cards. 

Hopkins met with new general manager Monti Ossenfort and "had a good conversation". With a new coach also in the fold, perhaps fences can still be mended. Arizona doesn't have to do anything it doesn't want to do. It may not find a trade partner given the cost, and the Cardinals only save $8 million in cap space by releasing or trading him before June 1, making the Cardinals the favorites to keep Hopkins. After June 1, that saving jumps to more than $19 million.

So who has considerable cap space and massive need at receiver? We've pegged the Bears and Ravens - although the future of Lamar Jackson looms large in Baltimore. The Bears have more salary cap space than any other team. If the Ravens are trying to make Lamar Jackson happy, adding a true No. 1 receiver is a show of good faith, too.  

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Daniel Jones blossomed into a high-level QB for the Giants, getting them to the postseason for the first time since 2016. If there is a lure for living in New York, for playing for a contender, then the Giants are still seeking a WR1 and are well-positioned to afford a big-time addition, and top wideout Darius Slayton is a free agent. 

The Falcons are also in good shape from a cap perspective, and they need to improve a pass offense that ranked only ahead of the Bears. The team has emerging stars in Drake London and Kyle Pitts. Adding Hopkins offers a massive boost to second-year QB Desmond Ridder or sweetens the pot for a potential veteran to come to Atlanta. 

The Patriots were one win away from a postseason berth in a season that saw several bad luck/bizarre defeats. Mac Jones could use a No. 1 WR, the Pats can afford Hopkins and there sure appears to be a mutual admiration between Hopkins and coach Bill Belichick. Their only truly productive receiver of 2022, Jakobi Meyers, is a free agent, adding a sense of urgency for the team. That said, the addition of former Texans coach Bill O'Brien –  he and Hopkins did not see eye to eye in Houston –  keeps New England from being a bigger player in this market. 

Most WRs would choose to play with Patrick Mahomes if the option was on the table. The Chiefs aren’t afraid to make trades – they shipped Tyreek Hill to Miami and Mahomes’ numbers actually improved across the board. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman will soon be free agents, however, which will potentially open up roster spots if they aren't retained. 

The Packers have the QB (presumably) and should be competitive with a roster built to win now, but cap space could be an issue. The Cowboys already have CeeDee Lamb and just gave Michael Gallup a big deal, but Gallup has underperformed after coming back from an ACL tear. Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant fueled rumors when he went on IG live from Dallas with Hopkins.

Dallas and Green Bay would likely be high on Hopkins' shortlist of landing spots.

Although not available on Arizona betting apps, the Field in this market includes more of Hopkins' supposed favored locales. The Jaguars and Chargers are each reportedly high on Hopkins’ personal list. But each team already has a high-paid receiver and both are in the bottom-six in expected cap space for next season. The Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns are both likely in the WR market but cap space is an issue for them as well. 

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.
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